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04 January 2011

Tom Kotnour dies at 85

Tom Kotnour, 85, of Wahpeton, N.D., died December 26, 2010 at his winter home in Mesa, Ariz. Tom was born January 29, 1925, in St. Paul, Minn. He was raised there and graduated from high school in 1943. He entered the U.S. Army in June of 1943 and left in 1946 when he started working f ...
UTU-represented train and engine employees of Columbia & Cowlitz Railroad have a new employer in Patriot Rail Corp. after Patriot completed purchase of the shortline from paper manufacturer and forest products supplier Weyerhaeuser. Also included in the sale is Weyerhaeuser Woods R ...
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority is seeking a business partner to help develop the next generation of electronic fare payment to create more options for customers, make using the transit system easier and encourage new ridership. The Request for Proposals issued is th ...
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood provided a $150 million grant to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority to replace Washington Metro's "1000-Series" rail cars. These cars were cited by the National Transportation Safety Board as a contributing factor to the severity of p ...
As a result of cost-conscious management, the CTA enters 2011 with a balanced budget that maintains current fares and service levels for riders-one of the many goals the agency accomplished this year. Faced with an aging infrastructure in need of repair, but lacking the capital funds to ...
The merger of Foster Thomas Company with and into Portec Rail Products, Inc. has been effected as of December 27, 2010. Portec Rail is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of L.B. Foster. As of the close of trading on December 29, 2010, Portec's common stock will no longer be traded on the N ...
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said that work could begin on construction of two intermodal freight facilities in Memphis and Birmingham thanks to a signed grant agreement with the Alabama and Tennessee Departments of Transportation for $105 million in American Recovery and Reinvestmen ...
A broken wire and weather conditions led to Christmas Day railroad crossing blockages in Plainfield, Ill., a Canadian National Railway spokesman said, the Herald News reports. The gates were stuck down at four CN crossings on public roads Saturday afternoon. CN spokesman Patrick Waldro ...
Taxpayers are footing the bill to clean contamination at the former site of a metal scrapping yard in west Vancouver, Wash., the Columbian reports. The property will be used for auxiliary tracks as part of a $150-million rail improvement project. Excavation will resume in the spring. The total c ...
The Federal Transit Administration said that it is advancing a total of $182.4 million in New Starts funding for seven transit projects already under construction in New York, Dallas, Salt Lake City, Seattle and Northern Virginia. "By making these payments now, we're not only fulf ...
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